Edinburgh Marathon

Sunday 27 May 2018
Edinburgh

Edinburgh Marathon

Stamp out loneliness in later life as you challenge yourself to the fastest marathon in the UK

Whatever your running background or ability, the Edinburgh Marathon Festival offers something for everyone.

 

The marathon course is fast and flat and makes for a perfect route whether it’s your first time at reaching your 26 mile goal or you’re hoping to achieve a new personal best. What's more, you will enjoy a fantastic route which takes in some of the Scottish Capital's most iconic landmarks as well as offering picturesque views along the East Lothian coastline.

 

Join our Best Running Team For Ages and support us on our mission to end loneliness and isolation for older people living across the UK.

 

To learn more about how your fundraising will help to change lives and connect our older generation in communities that care, please visit our Your Impact page

 

 

 

Highlights
- Run in the Scottish Capital with Edinburgh Castle as a stunning backdrop
- Second largest marathon in the UK, behind only London
- Perfect for both first-timers and experienced marathon runners
- Fast and flat route to challenge your personal best.

 

What’s included
- Fundraising pack and sponsorship form
- Training guide 
- Best Fundraising For Ages running t-shirt
- Support from our dedicated events team to help you reach your fundraising target. 

 

 

Location

Venue

Potterrow,

Edinburgh

EH8 9BT,

UK

Event Essentials

General Information Date of event: Sunday, May 27, 2018 Contact number: 01332 221641 Course detail:
Marathon

Your entry

Registration fee: £30

 

Minimum sponsorship: We ask that you pledge to raise a minimum of £400 

 

Registration for this event closes on Tuesday 1 May 2018.

Event registration

To apply for a charity place, please click the 'Register for MHA' button to complete the Edinburgh Marathon registration form.

 

For more information about this event, contact the MHA Fundraising Team on 01332 221641 or email events@mha.org.uk

 

Download your official MHA sponsorship form.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The Edinburgh Marathon Festival is now in its 16th year and takes place on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th May 2018. This ever-growing festival of running is now a major event in the Scottish sporting calendar. Starting in Edinburgh, the course heads out through East Lothian offering stunning views and an unforgettable running experience.

 

The full weekend of events attracts around 30,000 runners, with thousands more lining the course to support. There are nine races on offer over two days including the marathon, half marathon, team relay, 10k, 5k and junior races. There really is something for everyone, visit the Edinburgh Marathon Festival to find out more.

 

If you have secured your own place in the event, we would love to welcome you to the Best Running Team For Ages to help combat loneliness in later life. Sign up now by emailing the MHA Events Team at events@mha.org.uk or calling 01332 221641.

How your money helps

By fundraising for Best For Ages, you are helping to connect older people in communities that care. Every penny of your donation will go further to reduce loneliness and isolation across the UK as well as funding award-winning music therapy in our dementia care homes. To learn more about our life-enhancing work, please visit the Your Impact page.

 

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£6 could help us deliver a week's Telebuddies service, providing a regular phone call to check on five isolated older people living alone.

2

£50 could train a volunteer befriender for an isolated older person, helping to reduce loneliness and isolation in their own home.

3

£180 could fund a Music Therapist for a day, working to reduce anxiety in four 1:1 sessions and one group session.

Gift Aid

If you're a UK tax payer you can Gift Aid your donations, making them worth 25% more to us, at no extra cost to you.

 

We can claim back the tax you have paid on your donation (25p for every £1 you donate) through Gift Aid.

 

This additional income really does make a big difference, so please don't forget to Gift Aid donations if you are a UK tax payer.

 

If you are a higher-rate tax payer you can also claim additional tax relief. For higher rate tax payers (paying tax at 40%) this works out as 25p for every £1 you donate and for the highest rate tax payers (paying tax at 50%) this works out as 37.5p for every £1 you donate.

Fundraising online

Creating a fundraising page online can massively boost your sponsorship. Start by uploading a photo, sharing your reasons for fundraising and setting yourself a target.

 

A large opening donation can have an impact on the average amount the rest of your supporters donate - so ask a generous friend or family member to get things going!

 

Matched funding

Some companies have a match-funding scheme which could double the amount you raise. Speak to your employer to see if you could take advantage of this.

SpreaD THE WORD

Boost your fundraising, tell everyone about your challenge and spread the word about our vital work by publicising your efforts. Here are just a few tips.

1

Share updates and images on Twitter and Facebook @BestForAges. Tag your posts with #BestForAges

2

Share your story with a local newspaper to reach a wider audience. Need help? Get in touch with our Press Team. Email press@mha.org.uk

3

Inspire colleagues and get closer to your fundraising target by putting posters up in your workplace.

Spread the word and maximise your fundraising!

We've got lots of resources to help you hit your fundraising targets. To find out more, get in touch with the Fundraising Team by emailing events@mha.org.uk or calling 01332 221641.

 

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